I really appreciated the book “The PMP® Exam, How to Pass on Your First Try” by Andy Crowe, PMP. There are several elements to it that I believe go a long way in helping one understand the global standard for project management (which is the PMBOK® Guide by Project Management Institute).

First, it does a great job highlighting key inputs, tools, and outputs for each of the 47 processes. The book accomplishes this in a couple of ways. It provides a table at the beginning of each chapter (which represents a knowledge area) showing the key output for each process covered in the chapter. It also emphasizes each key input, tool, and output with a “Key Fact” icon as it explains each process. The book doesn’t diminish the need for all of the other inputs, tools, and outputs that it doesn’t highlight. However, by highlighting a few, it does help one gain a better understanding of the purpose of each process.

Second, it has great questions to illustrate the application of the principles taught. There are twenty-five questions at the end of each chapter that are helpful, as well as 200 questions at the end of the book. Plus, the cost management chapter contains great examples to illustrate the application of the equations presented.

Finally, the layout of the book makes it easy to read and reference. The use of white space and indention is done well. It makes the material easy to read, and it makes it easy to find information when looking back for something specific. Also, there isn’t an overabundance of words used to explain concepts either. To quote Goldilocks, the number of words used was “just right.” I simply loved the whole layout.

For me, this book did a great job bringing clarity to the meaning of each knowledge area and process by making sure to show the forest through the trees.